Author Archives: Cassandra Khaw


Do clothes make the man? In Kairosoft's Pocket Clothier [$4.99], they do. There's something strangely bittersweet about the Japanese company's latest simulation game. Unlike its previous titles, Pocket Clothier won't have you gallivanting across the nether regions of space or monitoring the growth of a mall...

That transitory period between the '80s and the '90s was a special one for me, a time frame defined by early crushes on big-haired celebrities, permanent damage from exposure to the Alien trilogy and MC Hammer, and game books. Lots and lots of game books. Like a lot of bibliophilic kids my age, I was enamored of them, so much so that I never really had much of an allowance because of how many 'choose-your-own-adventure' books I'd buy. Eesh...

Let's pretend, just for a moment, that you had just woken in a dilapidated-looking hospital room. You have no memory as to how you got there, no clue as to where you are and no idea as to who the inhabitants in your quarters are. How would you respond? If you're the protagonist in 3F Interativo's point & click adventure Reversion: The Escape [$1.99], you would ask questions in a relatively calm and controlled manner. Er. Right...

'Burrito Bison' Review - Simple and Squishy, Yet Satisfying

Launcher games are always hit or miss. You either love them or you don't. Mechanically they're about as simple as they come - your job is, generally speaking, to ensure the character that is being launched is capable of achieving maximum height and velocity for the longest sustained flight possible. If you're lucky, you might even get to steer the living projectile a bit. After that, you get to go back to the start, possibly with new upgrades, and begin the whole process anew...

Dragon Island Blue [$0.99] is weird. It's not perfect, something that Brad and Eli made amply clear in our TA Plays video of the game, but it's not a complete cop-out either. In fact, if you're the sort who has spent any amount of time obsessed with Pokemon or Digimon or any of the many other monster-training games out there, chances are you'll find it hard to dislike Dragon Island Blue. ..

'The World Ends With You: Solo Remix' Review - Square Enix's Beloved RPG Transitions Gracefully to iOS

Like a lot of gamers out there, I'm tired of your standard JRPG protagonists. They're always the same, always sullen, good-looking lone wolves with tragic pasts. The headphones-wearing, purple-vested Neku Sakuraba of Square Enix's The World Ends With You: Solo Remix [$17.99 / $19.99 (HD)] is no different but that's okay because it's still a ridiculously brilliant game...

Lucky Frame's music/tower defense hybrid Bad Hotel [$1.99] is the best kind of weird there is, the kind that makes you wonder exactly what the developers were thinking and if there's anything you can do to encourage them to keep going down that Rabbit Hole. More attuned towards its tower defense roots than its musical background, Bad Hotel will have you doing what few tower defense games have ever attempted to do before: defend towers...

'Organ Trail: Director's Cut' Review - Tickling Your Nostalgia with a Zombie Apocalypse

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to forge through a post-apocalyptic environment filled with zombies, disease, human scum and an abominable amount of bad luck, an environment that is Murphy's Law incarnate, Organ Trail: Director's Cut [$2.99] is the game for you. A brutish zombie survival title, Organ Trail will kill you so many times that you're going to start thinking that South Park's Kenny had it easy...

For the longest time, I had trouble understanding the phrase 'vomit rainbows'. Often used in conjunction with toxic-looking, multi-tiered cakes, it felt like a weird way to frame appreciation. But after playing Cats Away [$0.99], however, I now understand. ZigZaGame's newly released iOS title kinda makes me want to regurgitate a colorful natural phenomenon...

The sequel to everyone's favorite narrative-driven, bartending simulation (Bar Oasis [$0.99] needs a genre of its own, darn it.) is back and I'm happy to inform you that no prior knowledge of the original is required to enjoy Bar Oasis 2 [$0.99]. Once again, players will take on the role of a bartender by the name Vic. Fresh from an excursion to Shanghai, he comes back to find that the bar is now (wo)-manned by Carla, the protagonist from Bar Oasis 1.5 [Free]. ..

'Fieldrunners 2' Review - The iOS Tower Defense Classic is Back in a Big Way

I've been on the same map in Fieldrunners 2 [$2.99] for half the day and it's driving me up the wall. Like a textual Yoda, the in-game help keeps telling me the same thing, “Use the choke points.” I do but keep failing. When I attempt to save up for lasers, I find myself getting overrun. When I trust in bargain-bin Gatling guns, I find myself getting exactly what I paid for. The happy medium exists somewhere. I know it. I just need to figure out how to get it...

'Le Havre' Review - Feed Your Workers, Reap the Profits

You know what makes the world go round? Food. Especially in the town of Le Havre [$4.99]. You can have all the Francs you want but if you can't feed your workers, you're going to be in a world of pain. After all, hungry men don't make money, they make medical bills...

Pop-culture would like to have us believe that it's possible to survive a zombie apocalypse. With enough ammunition and luck, you'll be able to get the girl/guy/attractive entity relevant to your sexual interests to jump-start that Cadillac and drive off into the rot-free sunset. However it isn't possible, and Left2Die [Free], Everplay 's newly-released dual-stick shooter, wants you to know that. In the event of an undead outbreak, the best we can do is stave off the inevitable and hope that the people around us are either better shots or better at looking tasty...

'Velocirapture' Review - Flicking Boredom Away One Dinosaur at a Time

I need to tell you something. You know all those dinosaur bones that were found in strange, unnatural locations? They're my fault. I put them there. I know. I shouldn't have. But, I was new to the whole God business back then. I wasn't always accurate with the finger-flicking business. Sometimes, instead of landing in my divine palm, they would, well, soar elsewhere. If it's any consolation, I can promise you they died swiftly...

Heavily inspired by the classic 'destroy-the-world' game Pandemic, Plague Inc [99¢] will either make you (a) feel like a horrible human being, (b) chortle malevolently at your iOS device of choice, or (c) vacillate violently between the two...